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The Texas Rare Bird Alert carries sighting information about chasable Texas Review species. Please send reports of Texas Review Species to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Secretary, Texas Bird Records Committee. For more reports of Texas sightings, please refer to:

first report: Apr 14; last update: Apr 18  Map

A Northern Jacana was reported at the S. Texas Botanical Garden in Nueces County on Apr 14. The observers were Eddie Bartley and Noreen Weeden. The bird was in Gator Lake west of the observation tower.
Latest Reports: Apr 15-18: Continues on Gator Lake between the observation tower and the Palapa Grande platform, in an area with reeds.

first sighting: Apr 21; last update: Apr 22  Map

Susan Foster reported that a male Violet-crowned Hummingbird was present along Ravine Drive on Apr 21 in Corpus Christi.The bird has continued through Apr 22. 

first report: Apr 5; last update: Apr 11  Map

On Apr 5 Bob Honig found a male Eurasian Wigeon at Indiangrass Preserve (NW of Penick/Hebert Rds) in Waller County. Seen by many others. The bird was on the wetland pond near the Katy Conservancy bldg. on Hebert Rd. Most consistent viewing continues to be from Hebert Rd approximately 0.2 mi west of Penick Rd.
PARKING GUIDANCE:  When parking on the Hebert Rd roadside, please pull off the road so as not to impede traffic.  Often there is very little traffic; but sometimes large farm equipment/trucks come by, and it does gut busier at times,.  The roadside shoulders have tall grass growing on them, but absent any significant rain they are firm even though you can't see to the ground.  
Latest Reports: Continues through Apr 11.

first report: Apr 20  Map

Dan Wilkerson photographed a Black-whiskered Vireo at Sabine Woods on Apr 20. (Photo)

South Padre Island: BLUE BUNTING
first report: Apr 13  Map

Sue Griffin reported that she photographed a Blue Bunting on the Valley Land Fund lots on South Padre Island on Apr 13.

Laguna Atascosa NWR: BLUE BUNTING
first report: Apr 5  Map

Katharine Jones reported seeing a male Blue Bunting around the HQ and Kiskadee Trail at Laguna NWR on Apr 5.

first report: Feb 16; last update: Apr 21  Map

Bob Friedrichs photographed a Purple Sandpiper at 4:45pm on Feb 26 in Point Comfort. Directions on Texbirds. Photos on eBird.
Latest Reports: Continues through Apr 21.

first sighting: Dec 11; last update: Apr 19  Map

Susan Schaezler reported that she photographed a Golden-crowned Sparrow at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County on Dec 11. Probable 1st winter bird.
Latest Reports: Continues to be seen through Apr 19.

first sighting: Apr 18; last update: Apr 20  Map
On Apr 18 a Tamaulipas Crow was found at Rail Trail Bridge at Aransas NWR with a group of Great-tailed Grackles. Initially reported by Ken and Barbara Bruns.
Latest Reports: Apr 20: John Sullivan witnessed a flyover with the bird calling twice at Goose Island SP- campground area. (Map)

first sighting: Apr 15 
A Tamaulipas Crow was photographed at the Quintana jetty car park by Mike Twilly on the morning of Apr 15. Late in the day the bird could not be refound.

Lower Rio Grande Valley: TAMAULIPAS CROW
last update: Apr 17  Map
On the morning of Nov 5 Dave Irons and Shawneen Finnegan saw two presumed Tamaulipas Crows flying south over the South Padre Island Convention Center. Dave and Shawneen caught up with the birds near the causeway and got pics. The birds were heading south. Starting on Nov 10, sightings at the Brownsville Sanitary Landfill. (Map). Please be sure to sign in and follow employees instructions to ensure continued access to the landfill.  The landfill is open Monday to Saturday 7am to 3:30pm and closed on Sunday.
Latest Reports: On Mar 12, 2 birds reported by multiple observers at Sabal Palm Sanctuary. (Map) Mar 14: 4 birds at Brownsville Landfill. Mar 17: 8 birds at landfill. Mar 24: one seen in flight along Laguna Madre Trail on South Padre Island. Continued sighting at landfill through Apr 17.

Bolivar Peninsula-Galveston: GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULL
first sighting: Mar 3; last update Apr 21 Map

On Mar 3 Conor McMahon photographed a 2nd year Great Black-backed Gull at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary.
Latest Reports: Mar 4 - Apr 14: continues. Apr 18: Possibly same bird seen in flight in Galveston by Mike Austin. (Map) Apr 20: one bird in Galveston on East Beach directly south of end of road. (Letha Slagle) (Map) Apr 21: continuing bird at Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary (Mike Austin).

Guadalupe Mountains NP: NORTHERN PYGMY OWL
first report: Mar 30; last update: Apr 7  Map 

Eric Carpenter forwarded a note from Chris Runk about a Northern Pygmy-Owl he's been hearing for the past few days in McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mts. NP. The location is somewhere between Pratt Cabin and the Grotto. It has been calling regularly at 10:45 am for the past three mornings. He got a photo of it on Mar 30.
Latest Reports: Apr 7: photographed (Kim Garwood)

Quinta Mazatlan: BLUE BUNTING
first sighting: Dec 30; last update: Mar 21  Map

An immature male Blue Bunting was photographed on the morning of Dec 30 at Quinta Mazatlan. It was behind the amphitheater at the small bridge on the south side.
Latest Reports: Jan 2: Seen again in Ebony Grove near Palm Condo Trail. Continued sightings through Mar 21.

first report: Feb 10; last update: Mar 3  Map

A female-type Rose-throated Becard is being seen at the Inn at Chachalaca Bend in Los Fresnos. Park in the dirt lot and follow the dirt 2-track north about 200 feet along the edge of the forest and field and that's where it was located on Feb 10. It was vocalizing, giving the single-noted whistle. The management at the inn ask that you check in during your visit and encourage you to give a small donation of $5. Birders should call or email at least a day ahead to inquire about access at the Inn at Chachalaca Bend. (956) 233-1180, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Don't just show up, you may find the gate locked.
Latest Reports: Continues through Mar 3.

first sighting: Jan 1; last update: Mar 8  Map

On Jan 1 Anna Galvan photographed an American Black Duck with a drake Mallard at White Rock Lake in Dallas. The duck is believed to be the same bird that was seen last March. The ducks have continued through Mar 8.



first sighting: Dec 10; last update: Mar 12  Map

On Dec 10 Jim Hinson found a Greater Pewee in Bear Creek Park in West Houston. The sighting was near Restroom #9.This is probably the same bird that has been present at this location for the previous 5 winters. Last year it was reported from Sep 20 through Mar 22.
Location: The pewee is typically seen in the area of restrooms #9 and #10.
Latest Reports: Continued sightings through Mar 12.

Various: SNOWY OWL
first sighting: Dec 29; last update: Mar 13

Chad Mussman photographed a Snowy Owl SW of Gruver, TX in Hansford County on Dec 29.
Odessa: On Jan 23 Johan van der Watt photographed a Snowy Owl in Odessa, Ector County (Map). Generally it's being seen around Crossroads Church. Sightings continued through Feb 8. On Feb 23, it was spotted in front of Cinergy Theater on Hwy 191. On Mar 8 likely the same bird was seen on top of a building at MCH/Fitness. (Map) On Mar 13 seen at 4199 Faudree Rd. in Odessa. (Map)
Fort Worth: On Feb 21 one owl seen by several observers near intersection of I-35W and Heritage Trace Blvd. Found by John Schueler. (Map) Continued through Feb 23.

first sighting: Jan 27; last update: Feb 9

A female Elegant Trogon was photographed in New Braunels on Jan 27. The photos were posted on Facebook's What's This Bird? ABA group by Jane Azzaro. Photos
Latest Reports: Feb 4: 5:45pm, relocated by Ann and David Womer at Landa Park. Photographed. Seen by others. (Map) Feb 5-6: continues in Landa Park, Panther Canyon Nature Trail. Feb 7: negative reports all day but conditions were cold, wet, & windy. Feb 8: seen by several. Feb 9: negative

first sighting: Jan 18 

On Jan 18 Justin Bosler had good looks at a solitary White-throated Swift in Garza County. He suspects it's wintering along the Caprock escarpment. The location is Cedar Hills Road just south of US 380, west of Post. The swift appeared at 1:01-1:02pm near the cleared parcel of land just before the "Dead End" sign.

first sighting: Dec 14; last update: Jan 6  Map

On Dec 14 Ed Wetzel found a confirmed Trumpeter Swan at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. The swan was photographed and compared with Tundra Swans.  Photos on Facebook The Natural Scientist Supervisor there, Michael Perez, says the best location to see all three swans is by the Canoe Launch area. Michael advises parking in the lot that is just past the launch area, then walk east (right) on the Riverbottom Trail away from the Canoe Launch, then to look in the water to the west (left). You'll get a refuge map when you get there, and fees are $5.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jan 6. (Last reported by Chris Hill - confirmed with staff at FWNCR).

first sighting: Dec 13; last update: Jan 1  Map

Mel Cooksey found a Violet-crowned Hummingbird on Dec 13 in the area around the Terrell County Courthouse in Sanderson. First seen at 3:05pm as it flew briefly to a feeder, then to a power line. Observed off and on about 40 minutes. The bird did one series of sharp "twik" notes as it perched, like it was defending a territory. Photographed. The owner of the house, Lee Hoy, welcomes birders. Directions and guidelines are in his Texas Chase Birds Facebook post.
Latest Reports: Continues through Jan 1. On Feb 11, Lee Hoy found its remains in his yard. They have been transferred to a research facility.

Lower Rio Grande Valley: GREEN-BREASTED MANGO
first sighting: Dec 2; last update: Dec 11 Map

On Dec 2 John Brush found a Green-breasted Mango flycatching around a lawn at the Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in McAllen.  Photo by John Brush.
Latest Reports: Dec 3-6: continues. No sightings Dec 7-10. Refound on Dec 11.

first sighting: Dec 4  Map

Saundra McDowell reported photographing a Northern Wheatear on Allen Road in Colorado County on Dec 4. The location is northwest of Sealy.

first sighting: Nov 1
On Nov 1 Ray Matlack photographed a Varied Thrush at a private residence south of Amarillo.

Guadalupe Mountains NP: NORTHERN PYGMY-OWL
first sighting: Oct 24
On Oct 24 Tira Overstreet and Petra Hockey heard a Northern Pygmy-Owl calling in McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains NP. Directions and notes on Facebook - Texas Chase Birds.


TX RBA logo: Varied Thrush image courtesy of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson. Photo taken at her Christmas Mountains Oasis to mark the bird's third month anniversary (October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013)



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